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NIP NGO organises Durgotsab Award 2021 for differently-abled and senior citizen

350 Durga Puja Committees would be participating for Durgotsab Award 2021. Chess grandmaster Dibyendu Barua, actor Debshankar Haldar and painter Samir Aich were present at the announcement of the award function.

Kolkata, Sept 24, 2021: NIP NGO — an education and cultural centre for the blind and other differently-abled in collaboration with forum for Durgotsab, Rotary District 3291 & Narayan Memorial Hospital has come up with organizing Durgotsab Award 2021 for puja committees who are taking an endeavor to make their pandals friendly for senior citizens and the disabled along with maintaining the Covid Protocols.

Durgotsab Award 2021 organised


350 Durga Puja Committees would be participating for Durgotsab Award 2021.  Recently, the announcement of the award ceremony was held in Kolkata in the presence of several eminent personalities like Suparna Sengupta, CEO Narayan Memorial Hospital, chess grandmaster Dibyendu Barua, actor Debshankar Haldar, painter Samir Aich, music director Mallar Ghosh, forum for Durgotsab Partho Ghosh, and Prabir Chatterjee, District Governor (Rotary 3291).  

Durgotsab Award 2021 for differently-abled

NIP, a non-profit and non-government organisation had started its journey in 2002. From the very beginning, it has been striving for the socio-cultural and economic development of the persons with disabilities. In 2012, NIP received State Award from the Department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, for its outstanding achievement in this field. It was NIP who first realised that the people with disabilities are deprived of enjoying the greatest religious festival of Bengal, i.e. Durga Puja. Puja pandals are inaccessible not only for the Persons with disabilities but also for the senior citizens.

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In 2010, in association with Forum for Durgotsab NIP has been doing accessibility survey and awarding the best puja committee for creation of barrier free and senior citizen friendly pandals. Besides, NIP publishes puja parikrama guide in braille for the visually challenged and arranges for pandal hopping programmes for the persons with disabilities.


Debajyoti Roy, secretary of NIP says, “At present, a good number of puja committees are complying with the accessibility guidelines. The challenge for every crowd-puller puja committee will be how to strike a balance so that the pandals are built maintaining aesthetics while following social distancing along with all Covid-19 safety protocols.”

Senior citizen friendly Durga Puja

Partho Ghosh and Saswata Bose on behalf of the Forum for Durgotsab Committee said, “This year every organiser/member of the committee has been requested to comply with the Covid protocols as well as accessibility guidelines for free & easy movements of the persons with disabilities and senior citizens.

Speaking on the occasion Suparna Sengupta, CEO, Narayan Memorial Hospital (Behala) said, “It’s a proud moment for us to be selected by NIP to set pandal protocols for enlisted puja committees. We know how resourceful and effective is NIP in their work field and for them to select us is extremely motivational for a young and emerging hospital like us. We’re happy that our sincerity and hard work are yielding results and we’re getting noticed.”

She further added, “The third wave is knocking at our doors and as a result we need to be extra cautious while moving out and especially, while doing pandal hopping. Hence, we recommend all the Puja Committees to plan pandals as per our rigid protocols so that visitors can attend and soak in the festivities and fervour under restrictive yet protective environment. We request the Puja Committees to whole-heartedly support us in this mission.”

This year, NIP in its jury team has included Medical Personnel for monitoring the Covid-19 norms in and around puja pandals. Suparna Sengupta (CEO), Narayan Memorial Hospital stated that a Medical Team of Narayan Hospital will judge whether the Covid protocols are complied with. Prabir Chatterjee, district governor (Rotary 3291) acclaimed this unique and great endeavour of NIP and assured whole-hearted co-operation of Rotary Club.


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